Rachael Beesley


Violinist Rachael Beesley talks us through Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, deranged opium nightmares, and whether the violin or the french horn is the most difficult instrument.


Useful links:

Spotify playlist for Rachael’s pieces 

Spotify playlist for main pieces 

Spotify playlist for final question pieces 


Aurora Orchestra performing a staged version of Symphonie Fantastique from memory (watch from 23:00 for the symphony)

Original Symphonie Fantastique score with Berlioz’s descriptions for each movement 

Berlioz’s text translated to English 

PBS article with background information on the piece 

Guardian article on Symphonie Fantastique with lots of interesting quotes from Berlioz’s letters 

Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts: Berlioz Takes a Trip 

Serpent instrument 

Ophicleide instrument 

More information on Flow 


Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra 

Rachael’s website 

Ironwood’s latest album of Louise Farrenc & Camille Saint-Saëns 

Badass 19th- and 20th-century female violinists and composers to check out: Maud Powel, Louise Farrenc, Ginette Neveu, Marie Soldat-Roeger, Renée Chemet


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